Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Flag Amendment Fails -- Thankfully...


Why is it that so many of our Senators don't understand what "free speech" means?

It's easy to protect speech everyone likes... or thinks is "a bit harsh". But protecting the rights of those who proclaim at the top of their lungs things that you find detestable, un-patriotic and immoral is exactly what freedom is about.

The Senator from Hawaii said it best:
"This objectionable expression is obscene, it is painful, it is unpatriotic," said Senator Daniel Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii and winner of the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II. "But I believe Americans gave their lives in many wars to make certain all Americans have a right to express themselves, even those who harbor hateful thoughts."
Could it be they are posturing for re-election? Using a non-issue to whip up support in their conservative base?

Nah, Republicans couldn't be doing that...

11 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

I am so curious who the swing vote was.

cpmaz said...

Don't just blame Republicans for this one - it had 66 votes. A significant (and shameful) group of Democrats voted for it.

Regrettably, I have come to expect this kind of pseudo-patriotic pandering from Republicans; Democrats (mostly) are supposed to be better than this.

What I am so curious about is if the Dems got together before the vote and chose which ones would vote against it to make sure it didn't pass while those that thought a "yes" vote would help them (presumably, those running this year) would get to vote for it.

Reign of Reason said...

I agree... I'd like to see the roll-call on this one.

People want to use law (in this country) to enforce their beliefs.

No body remembers why the Bill of Rights was put in the Constitution in the first place.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Cranky did a blog post about the Dems who voted for it and has a link to the full roll call vote -

http://thedailycurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2006/06/darn-i-dont-get-to-quit-just-yet.html

Birdy said...

You know, if you were really of a paranoid bend you might consider that they all got together and trumped up the issue. Then decided together that it wouldn't pass, then divided up the votes based on who would benefit from a "yes" and who would benefit from a "no". I mean, aside from a few standout individuals, are the Dems and the GOP so radically different anymore?

Reign of Reason said...

Yeah Birdy... I wouldn't put it past ANYONE - dem or repug: using the flag issue for political gain is simply discusting.

Capt. Fogg said...

Sad to say, it isn't just about flag burning. The rabble rousing campaign has more heads than something out of Greek mythology.

Some creep in the local paper this morning wrote a letter starting: "Don't just send them back - kill them!" He meant people with Spanish surnames of course.

Or constitution has survived by the skin of its metaphorical teeth and we have more than enough citizens who would support full-blown Nazi leadership given the chance. Give them a tax cut and get rid of the people they are afraid of, and they will goose step with th ebest of them.

Reign of Reason said...

Surviving in only the most literal sense: the piece of paper is still in the archives.

As for the leaders of this country, I doubt most of them have even read it let alone know what it means...

This country has turned (for the most part) into a bunch of individualists -- in the worse sense of that word. If someone or group isn't "surviving or thriving" it must be there own fault: screw them. The idea of government as a force to keep the powerful in check has completely gone by the boards -- seems like everyone believes in a free-for-all society... which isn't "society" at all.

mrsleep said...

There does seem to be a theme of "as long as I get mine". Some though are willing to make some sacrifices for the greater good of the nation.

Sternhund said...

"Could it be they are posturing for re-election? Using a non-issue to whip up support in their conservative base?"
Exactly.

What astounds me is how the general American public doesn't see that this is a non-issue.

Reign of Reason said...

It seems as tho the majority in America today want to play patriot: back silliness like the flag burning amendment... While the real foundation of democratic society is undermined (i.e. - torture, spying, etc.)